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CocoonSync London Renter’s Guide: An intro to Shoreditch

No doubt about it, Shoreditch is one of the coolest places in London…

If you’re a student or a young professional and want to know the best places to live in London, Shoreditch is a pretty good place to start. Pretty central, well connected yet still retaining a generous helping of East London edge, renting a flat in Shoreditch would mean you’re living in one of the hippest neighbourhoods in London.

First thing’s first, where in East London is Shoreditch?

Forming the Southern part of the London Borough of Hackney, Shoreditch’s main areas are centred around Old Street, Great Eastern Road, Curtain Road and Shoreditch High Street.

The main station is Shoreditch High Street Railway Station, which has links to the London Overground in Zone 1 (East London line). There are lots of buses that pass through Shoreditch, too.

The two main Tube links are at Old Street station, which connects to the Northern line and Liverpool Street station, which connects to the Circle, Central, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.

If you are thinking of renting in Shoreditch, it’s good to know that Hoxton and Tower Hamlets are frequently classed as located within the district. You can also check out flats in the nearby neighbourhoods of Bethnal Green and Islington, both within walking distance to Shoreditch.

Let’s talk about the history of Shoreditch

Fun fact: Shoreditch used to be a center of Elizabethan Theatre, with an original location for the Shakespeare Company’s Globe Theatre being located on Curtain Road.

Previously a largely working class area, it was one of the first London districts to receive the hipster gentrification treatment in the late 90s. The arrival of several tech companies and creative industries, who started using former industrial buildings as their HQs, was followed by a steady stream of artisanal coffee houses, vintage record shops, lots of craft beer and literally hundreds of people with hipster beards. Shoreditch continues to be too cool for its own good with places like BOXPARK and the rambling, retro clothes shop Mecca of Brick Lane guaranteeing its hip creds continue year after year.

It’s a total hub for creatives, students and young professionals and if you’re living in Shoreditch, you’ll be neighbours with the likes of Tracey Emin, Noel Fielding and Damien Hirst.

What are flats in Shoreditch like?

Locals in Shoreditch often live in renovated industrial buildings such as converted warehouses, which boast spacious open plan living and interesting original features. That being said, there are plenty of new, modern developments around Shoreditch Park and Shoreditch High Street.

Check out CocoonSync’s exclusive database of flats in Shoreditch and discover some amazing places that are not yet on other rental sites.

And what’s it like to live in Shoreditch?

Shoreditch is one of the best places to live in London thanks to its unique mix of authentic, rough-around-the-edges charm and the wealth of quirky, cool places to visit and hang out. Old Street is known for its trendy bars while Hoxton Street has some more traditional pubs and the area in general has some of the best spots on the London nightlife scene, from laid-back The Book Club to the late night club XOYO.

Fans of street food will be in 7th heaven in Shoreditch, which from September to December plays host to the Urban Food Fest. Along Brick Lane you’ll find some of the best curry houses in London as well as Brick Lane Street Food Market, which is home to street food stands from all over the world.

Adding to the neighbourhood’s cool vibe is the fact that its walls are covered in street art in myriad forms and, what’s more, there’s always some new gallery exhibition or arty party happening, guaranteeing you’re never short of things to do in Shoreditch.

Bars and restaurants in Shoreditch

When it comes to eats and drinks, there’s no end of places from the extraordinary to the comforting. From classic British grub to oriental tea houses, vegan burger joints and 1900s-themed cocktail bars; whatever it is you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it on the streets of Shoreditch.

Stay tuned for more neighbourhood guides as well as ideas on what to do in London’s coolest districts.

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